19/10/2016 – It is with great enthusiasm that we announce the names of the winners of the Archiproducts Design Awards 2016. For its first ever edition, the prize gathered widespread consensus: 490 products nominated by 250 brands with headquarters in 15 different countries.
After days of hard work, research, qualitative evaluations and analysis, the international jury, composed of members of the 25 most influential architectural studios from all over the world, has chosen the winners of the ADA 2016 awards. The architects of the jury worked independently among themselves, on a shared voting platform, each with their own personal vision of architecture and design, establishing the rankings of winners which have been arranged thusly:
3 winners ‘1st Prize’, ‘2nd Prize’ and ‘3rd Prize’ ADA 2016
11 special mentions
100 ‘Best of 2016’
1 ‘Web Prize’ winner
Fortified with 15 years of experience in constantly surveying the best in international production, and with the valuable collaboration of over 3,500 brands, and the enormous community of architects and designers which have followed us since our onset, with this prize, our aim was to offer an additional occasion to reflect upon a theme which is dear to us, which represents the DNA of Archiproducts: the connection between designers and brands.
Inspired by this very concept, the prize depicts that which has always taken place, that is, the selections which architects promote every day to give shape to their ideas. Namely, the collaboration between designers and companies, stories of men and women who make history by inventing and producing objects which have the power to change people’s lives.
‘Today, we look at the candidates as well as at the prize winners, and we reflect upon the reason behind the ADA awards: attentively observing what happens when, from the idea of a person or group of people who dream of creating something which never before existed, through a vortex of designs, meetings, trials, prototypes, research on materials and shapes, calculations, comes an object which, in one way or another, will change the lives of people. It’s the magic of a project, of the meetings of dreamers and builders, of the stories of men and women, who with incredible tenacity, are able to create new objects and share them with millions and billions of people through material and work. And the challenge lies in creating shapes and functions that will truly improve the lives of the people who use them, in terms of beauty, harmony, functionality, innovation, and technology’, Enzo Maiorano, co-founder of Archiproducts.
The 3 winners of the 2016 edition of the ADA Awards are:
– 1st prize: VIBIA with ALGORITHM, design by Toan Nguyen
The jury has awarded the infinite modularity and customization of a technical lighting project which maintains a strong scenic identity in its many configurations, demonstrating contemporaneously a mathematical rigor that allows for perfect functionality.
-2nd prize: HORM with TOUT LE JOUR, design by Marc Thorpe
This collection has captured the jury for its essentiality and lightness of design, which reduces its thickness to a minimum and experiments with the power of matter to perform its function while maintaining a very discreet presence.
– 3rd prize: MUTINA with ROMBINI, design by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec
The jury has recognized the rigor of three-dimensional geometry, not merely figuratively, but as the substance of a complex ceramic project which, expressed in three elements -tiles, mosaics, and reliefs – using an unconventional language of shapes and colors.
Given the elevated number of nominations, the jury decided to award 11 special mentions to products which stood out particularly within the different categories.
For the Office category, a special mention goes to Buzzi Space with Buzzijungle, the playful office designed by Jonas Van Put.
Fantini has been awarded a special mention in the BATHROOM category with Classic Icona, with which Vincent Van Duysen pays homage to the classic faucet by creating a timeless object.
Great consensus was awarded to Air by Salice, which stunned the jury with its technical performance, contained in just 10mm of thickness. It was awarded a special mention in the COMPONENTS category.
Two products which the jury particularly lauded in the TECH category: the DuPont™ Corian® Charging Surface, the DuPont™ surface with wireless charging capacity, and the domotic system interface Sense by Vitrum.
Two special mentions for the FURNITURE category go to Horm with the Torii collection of tables, designed by Renato Zamberlan, lauded for its rigorous design and the choice of materials, and Poltrona Frau with the Ming’s Heart armchair, the oriental elegance of which is the fruit of Shi-Chieh.
In the KITCHEN category, the Japanese brand Sanwa Company conquered the jury with Ceragino, prized for its compactness and scenic presence.
Living Divani was awarded a special mention in the DECOR category with Galileo, the mirror designed by Mario Ferrarini.
The French brand Smarin earned a special mention in the CONTRACT category with the modular sofa Les Marches, by Céleste Boursier-Mougenot.
A special mention in the OUTDOOR category was also awarded to Tensilation – Type EV, designed by Grimshaw Architects for MDT-tex.
The illustration of SAN NICOLA received the most votes on the web, with which TuttiSanti earns itself the Web prize. The young brand which reinterprets traditional religious figures in a ‘pop’ lens through deep research in sacred iconography.